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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday of the Second week of Easter

"You do not know where it comes from or where it goes"

       O Almighty God: according to the apostle Paul your Holy Spirit “scrutinizes and knows the depths of your being” (1 Cor 2, 10-11) and intercedes for me by speaking to you with “inexpressible groanings” (Rom 8,26)… But nothing apart from you can scrutinize your mysteriousness; nothing foreign to you is powerful enough to sound the depths of your infinite majesty. All that enters into you is part of you; nothing outside yourself is able to fathom you…

I firmly believe that your Holy Spirit comes from you through your only Son. Even if I fail to understand this mystery yet I am firmly convinced of it. For my spirit is contained within spiritual mysteries that are your province, as your only Son assures: “Do not be amazed that I told you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

I believe in my new birth without understanding it and stand firm in a faith I cannot pin down. I know I have the ability to be born again yet I do not know how it is carried out. The Spirit is not restricted by anything: he speaks when he wishes, says what and where he wishes. The reasons for his coming and going are unknown to me, but I am profoundly sure of his presence.

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